Why should I want it?
The new third-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS range was crowned by the CLS 53 early last year, with the same twin-turbo 3.0-litre also heading for the CLS’s executive-sized E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models at the same time. Despite the smaller size of engine, the six-cylinder unit still makes the right amount of burbling noise, and also features the EQ mild hybrid electric assistance.
Why can’t I have it?
The CLS is over £10,000 more expensive than the E-Class saloon with the same engine. The AMG model also holds a lower percentage of its value than the more regular CLS models.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
The classy four-door coupe is much more elegant than an E-Class saloon, and though 31.7mg doesn’t sound great, it is for a car that will hit 62mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds. It’s also pretty understated, with the quad exhaust pipes being the most significant giveaway that all is not normal. Plus, it is four-wheel drive.
More fleety alternative
The new CLA four-door coupe is available in bells-and-whistles Night Edition specification for less than half the price of the CLS 53. It does mean you have a 170hp diesel engine rather than 457hp twin-turbo V6 petrol, but at least it still looks the part.
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